Celebrating milestones isn’t just restricted to wedding anniversaries, birthdays and numbers of years on the job. In fact, the automotive industry is full of milestones and this year the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association is joining the celebration with their own 30th anniversary. But this isn’t just a one-day event; it’s a celebration that spans an entire year and it all starts this weekend.

While Gary Meadors started Goodguys back in 1983, his son Marc Meadors is now as big of a part of the association and their events as his dad.

Avid car enthusiast Gary Meadors grew up loving anything with four wheels but it wasn’t until 1983 that he started what is the largest hot rod and custom organization of its kind in the world. But it wasn’t Meadors’ original intention to start a world-wide hot rod craze.

With the intention to get car guys and gals together to share their rides, bounce ideas back and forth, listen to live music, and above all, have fun, Meadors put together a California “Get Together” in March of 1983. From this, the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association blossomed, taking off to encompass enthusiasts from all across the country. By 1987, Goodguys was on a roll, holding events and festivals all across the United States.

Automotive magazines caught wind of the events and started covering them diligently. Then in 1989, Goodguys produced their first issue of their famous magazine, the Goodguys Goodtimes Gazette, a publication dedicated to the hot rod and custom association, all their enthusiasts, and of course, the beloved automotive hobby.

The late 80s also marked the sale of flamed shorts and hi-top tennis shoes by the association, but we won’t judge – all of our fashion sense in the 80s and 90s was a bit skewed.

Having gained so much popularity over the years, the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association is now one of America’s most widely recognized automotive event organizers. But although they’re big, the association still maintains its original theme to this day – having fun with cars.

With 19 events nationwide this year, enthusiasts can look forward to thousands of pre-1972 rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and more on display at every show in 2013, as well as countless American-powered makes and models of all years for the association’s special All American Sundays at 18 of the 19 scheduled shows. All the cars set to display this year will join the astounding 2.5 million cars already shown at previous Goodguys events.

Show attendees will also get a chance to walk through the Vendor’s Midway, where over 10,000 companies have showed off their latest offerings for the hot rod and custom markets since 1983. They’ll also get a look at (and a chance to win) the Googuys’ 76th fully completed Giveaway Car.

The Swap Meet and Car Coral is also back this year, offering rod and custom owners a great place to browse old parts, pick up rare items and even purchase a new project car.

Having gained so much popularity over the past few years, the Goodguys AutoCross will also prove to be a roaring spectacle at nearly every event in 2013, offering spectators a look at vintage classics ripping around a pre-determined course for times, awards and bragging rights.

All this fun and more kicks off this weekend as Goodguys celebrates their 30th anniversary at the Goodguys 4th Spring Nationals in Scottsdale, Arizona. The event will run from Friday March 8th through Sunday the 10th at WestWorld of Scottsdale and offer over 2,500 cars on display, a number of awards to be given and tons of fun for the whole family.

Goodguys has been around a long time and we couldn’t be happier to join them in their year of celebration, along with the over 25 million enthusiasts who have attended Goodguys events in the past.

General admission for the Scottsdale event is $18 for adults and $6 for kids. To purchase your tickets or to register your car for this or any show in 2013, be sure to visit Good-guys.com.